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Sochi Olympics

Sochi Games offered a window into the many paradoxes of the ‘new Russia’

Monday, February 24, 2014

SOCHI, Russia – In the end, it was the right thing for the Olympics to come to Sochi, for all the wrong reasons. If the Winter Games had been staged somewhere else, then we never would have seen this still-rising emblem of the “new Russia” – so visually spectacular yet suggestive of a vast chasm between potential and reality. Here’s hoping that the promise of Sochi will be real. If …

Canada rules rink, a flame dies, an Olympics ends

Monday, February 24, 2014

SOCHI, Russia – The Olympic flame was snuffed out. No chance of that for the Canadian hockey team, champions again. The Sochi Games completed a 17-day run yesterday with Canada’s 3-0 victory over Sweden in the men’s hockey final, the last of 98 gold medal events. The end of the $51 billion extravaganza …

Sweden’s Backstrom fails doping test in Sochi

Monday, February 24, 2014

SOCHI, Russia – Sweden center Nicklas Backstrom watched from the athletes village as his teammates lost to Canada in the Olympic hockey gold medal game because he failed a doping test for a substance found in an allergy medication. “I was ready to play the biggest game of my career,” Backstrom said yesterday …